The philosophy behind "comprehensive dentistry" is that most serious dental conditions can be prevented with regular checkups and cleanings. By taking a comprehensive approach to oral health, Brier Creek dentist Dr. Doan Tran is able to diagnose problems early and implement the most conservative treatment plans possible.
Quality comprehensive care will help you enjoy a lifetime of strong, healthy smiles, and it can save you a great deal of time and money on future dental treatment, too.
Routine Cleanings & Exams
Biannual teeth cleanings keep your teeth and gums looking, feeling, and functioning their best. During cleanings, our hygienist will gently remove plaque and tartar (hardened plaque) from the surface of your teeth. She’ll also polish your teeth and floss to test the condition of your gums.
After your cleaning, Dr. Tran will examine your teeth and gums, then evaluate your current restorations, examine any X-rays that were taken, and screen for early signs of gum disease and oral cancer.
Low-Radiation Digital X-rays
- Deep Cavities & Decay Between Teeth
- Decay Below Existing Restorations
- Infections in the Jaw Bones
- Abscesses, Cysts, & Some Tumors
- Developmental Abnormalities
We use the latest technology in our state-of-the-art Morrisville dental practice, including digital X-rays. Digital X-rays emit significantly less radiation than conventional X-rays, and they're also faster and more comfortable. With no lengthy chemical processing required, the images are available on our computer screen within seconds.
X-rays are a vital part of comprehensive dentistry, because many problems with the teeth and surrounding tissues cannot be seen during a standard visual exam. X-rays are needed to reveal:
Intraoral Cameras for Patient Education
Like dental X-rays, digital photographs taken with our intraoral cameras are a useful diagnostic and patient education tool. These photos show you what we see during your exam and help us guide you through your diagnosis and treatment options. They also enable Dr. Tran to diagnose issues he might not have been able to see without the detailed view.
Dental Sealants & Fluoride Treatments
Dental sealants fill in the grooves on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, an area where food particles commonly get caught and cause cavities. Sealants can be applied quickly with minimal preparation, and they can effectively protect teeth for years.
Fluoride is a naturally-occurring mineral that protects teeth from decay and even helps reverse the early stages of decay. Children and adults alike can benefit from fluoride exposure. Most toothpastes on the market include a safe and effective amount of fluoride, but we also provide a more concentrated fluoride rinse after each professional cleaning to really fight off decay.
- Tooth-Colored Dental Fillings
When Dr. Tran fills cavities at his Raleigh dental practice, he uses tooth-colored composite materials that can be easily bonded to the surface of your tooth. Composite fillings require less extensive preparation, so the results are often smaller and more natural-looking than silver fillings. The durable composite material is shaped and polished to match the rest of your tooth, leaving you with a smooth and subtle restoration.
- Natural-Looking Crowns
Dental crowns improve more than just the appearance of your smile—they restore damaged and decayed teeth and protect them for years. Crowns are a functional, long-lasting restorative solution for teeth that are misshapen, damaged, or severely decayed. Crowns can be used alone or in conjunction with fixed dental bridges and dental implants.
- Dental Implant Restorations
If you’re missing teeth or struggling with uncomfortable dentures, dental implants could change your life! Not only are implants an excellent way to replace one or multiple missing teeth, but they’re also helpful in stabilizing loose or ill-fitting dentures. Dr. Tran will work closely with an implant specialist to help you find the best solution for your missing teeth.
- Root Canal Therapy (Endodontics)
If you have a damaged tooth that is infected or is likely to become infected, you may benefit from root canal therapy. Root canal therapy is a highly successful restorative treatment, and a tooth repaired with a root canal can last a lifetime. Especially when it’s topped off with a natural-looking crown or fixed bridge, no one will even notice a difference in your smile!
Root canal therapy has a reputation for being painful, but the toothaches caused by an infected root are probably causing you more pain than the treatment will.
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